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White House Student Film Festival: On Giving Back

Here’s an opportunity for all of us working both formally and informally with young filmmakers. For the second year The White House invites students to share their stories. This year, the targeted topic is one students often choose on their own. It’s about agency, making a difference, giving back. Every day in classrooms and communities [...]

TLVirtual Café: You’re the Star! Add to our smackdown and preview the upcoming season

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After nearly five years, led by a devoted team of volunteers, TLVirtual Café is still going strong. You can be a star at our next event.  Please consider adding a slide to our 5th annual EduTech Open Mic Smackdown, sharing your best ideas and discoveries for teaching and learning. Then, on Monday, December 8th at [...]

Global Education Conference: Connect this week!

Want to learn more about how to engage your school community in global literacy?  Want to connect with and learn from inspiring educators and students across the globe? This is your week, friends! The fifth annual Global Education Conference is a free, week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world. Held Monday, November [...]

JSTOR is even more librarian- and classroom-friendly

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This news from JSTOR makes me want to be a high school librarian again! If like me, you work or have worked with high school students and teachers who crave a challenge or lean toward the scholarly, you’ll be interested in the new developments from our friends at JSTOR. Officially launched in September, Research Basics [...]

Does Your School Have a Teacher Librarian? A new CSLA Film and a playlist

The wonderful librarians the California School Library Association just released the film, Does Your School Have a Teacher Librarian? Featuring the voices of administrators, classroom teachers, academics, and, most powerfully, learners, the 10-minute film describes libraries as active, collaborative, creative safe spaces and librarians’ connections to the individual interests and passions of kids and their value [...]

Newseum Education’s Digital Classroom

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The Newseum in Washington, DC has long been one of my favorite places to take students. The interactive museum, dedicated to media and journalism, now offers a Digital Classroom and you’ll want to add it to your go-to spaces for high quality, standards-based, document-driven instruction. Focused on historical inquiry, media literacy, critical thinking, document analysis, [...]

Classic arcade games in your browser? Thanks again Internet Archive!

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Attention boomers, devoted (and nostalgic) gamers, and students of popular culture: A new section of the Internet Archive Software Collection,  the largest vintage and historical software library in the world, providing instant access to millions of programs, CD-ROM images, documentation and multimedia. is the Internet Arcade. The coin-free Arcade, featuring more than 900 games, is [...]

Leveraging Ideas, Experiments and other Google goodies

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If you haven’t taken a look in a while, you will be amazed by the goodies Google offers to support learning across grades and content areas.  They are spread across a variety of platforms, among the major portals are: Google Chrome Experiments, launched in 2009, offers an array of web browser-based experiments and interactive programs, [...]

On (animated) leadership, with a focus on geese, our SLJ Panel

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“When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves.” Lau Tzu We decided to switch up the panel Both Sides Now: Librarians Discuss Leadership at the SLJ Summit this week by seeking inspiration from the animal kingdom. Doug Johnson, KC Boyd, and Michelle Colte joined me in selecting animal behaviors [...]

On school library resurgence: Craig maps the trend

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Back in 2010 I posted about Shonda Brisco’s library crisis map, A Nation without School Librarians. Back in April, SLJ‘s Rebecca Miller shared her optimism about crisis reversal. In her editorial, Now Hiring: Recent Wins on School Library Positions Spark Optimism, Rebecca notes a trend toward reestablishing school library positions in such places as St. [...]